This video of a railway station in Mumbai has circulated online since at least 2016
A video has been shared in multiple Facebook posts and WhatsApp messages alongside a claim it shows a crowded railway station in the Indian port city of Mumbai in February 2021. The posts claim the video shows a huge crowd at the station after suburban railway services were resumed on February 1, 2021 following a Covid-19 lockdown. The claim is false: the footage has been circulating online at least since 2016, several years before the coronavirus pandemic.
The 21-second video was shared here on Facebook on February 3, 2021.
The footage shows a crowded railway station.
“Borivali Station today after Local trains started for General Public,” the photo caption reads.
Borivali station connects the eponymous suburb with the centre of Mumbai.
Local train services in India’s densely populated financial capital resumed for the general public on February 1, 2021 after an almost one-year hiatus due to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown that started in March 2020.
Some trains had already resumed service for essential workers in June 2020.
The claim, however, is false. A reverse image on Google using keyframes from the video found the original footage uploaded to YouTube here on March 21, 2016. The clip has garnered more than 2.7 million views.
The caption reads: “Heavy crowding of Mumbai local.”
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video shared in the misleading Facebook post (L) and the 2016 YouTube clip (R):
YouTube user Navin Poojary, who uploaded the clip, said in the comments claims that the video was filmed at Borivali railway station.
Below are photos comparing the similar structures seen in the misleading video (L), and a Google photo (R) at the Borivali railway station highlighted as ‘A’ and ‘B’ by AFP: